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Not All Cyber Security Threats Are Online

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Common Physical Security Threats to Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops

  1. Theft/Loss: Be vigilant! Don’t let professional and personal information on your mobile devices and laptops fall into the wrong hands.
  2. Shoulder Surfers: Be alert to these “social engineers” who will be happy to peek over your shoulder while you access sensitive data in public places.
  3. Eavesdropping: Never discuss sensitive information where you might be overheard. Remember the old wartime mantra “Loose lips sink ships,” and make important phone calls only when you have adequate privacy.
Be alert to physical security threats to smartphones and laptops

Theft, shoulder surfing, and eavesdropping are common physical security threats to smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Protect Yourself by Following These Common Sense Mobile Security Practices

  • Never leave your mobile devices unattended, and don’t trust a stranger to watch them.
  • Use a privacy filter. It’s an effective way to prevent shoulder surfers from seeing what’s on your device. (Dimming your screen also helps.)
  • Use your own data connection or hotspot, not WiFI, when connecting in a public place. Avoid accessing sensitive data in public places.
  • Personalize your devices. Apply unique stickers or decorative cases on your personal devices to deter thieves who hope to steal them. (Verify company policy before you decorate business-owned devices.)
  • Use a sturdy case to protect your phone or laptop from accidents that could render them inoperable.
  • Seek privacy while you’re in airports, cafés, and other public places. Look for a spot where nobody can peer over your shoulder or listen to your private conversations.
  • Password-protect all your devices.
  • Program your devices to automatically lock after short periods of non-use.
  • Use lock screens to provide an extra layer of security.

Remember, both the security of your items and your personal security benefit from situational awareness. Stay alert when using your device in a public place.

Can You Recognize a Scam Email?

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Scam Email: Can You Recognize One?

You check your email and there’s a message in your inbox from a well-known company, possibly one you’ve done business with in the past, so it doesn’t seem particularly suspicious. You’re told your order is on hold due to an issue with the company’s credit-card processing system, requiring a wire transfer if it’s to arrive on time. Should you be suspicious? Yes! Scam email is one of the the fastest growing methods used by cyber criminals to steal from you.

Don’t Fall for Email Scams

Keep in mind, often emails that appear to be legitimate are used by cyber crooks as tools to trick you into sending them money. Don’t be fooled! It’s best to use caution because chances are, if you wire money to a scammer, you’ll never see that money again. Protect yourself!Scam Email - Can you Recognize One? Cyber Security Blog from Pros 4 Technology serving Sheboygan and surrounding counties

Suspicion: Your Friend, the Email Scammer’s Enemy

Approach any request for a wire transfer, whether by phone or email, with caution. Know that truly reputable companies will not reach out asking for a wire transfer; instead you should expect to pay a reputable company via your credit card (which often provides added consumer protections) or a service like PayPal. Without a doubt, it’s better to be suspicious than to fall prey to an email scam.

I think I’ve received a scam email. What should I do?

If you get an email that makes you even slightly suspicious:

  • Contact the company through a phone number or email address you can verify is real.
  • Don’t use any of the phone numbers or links contained in the email.

It’s best not to open an email attachment, even if it’s sent from someone you know, unless the sender has told you to expect it. Opening email attachments can put malware on your computer.

I Think I’ve Sent Money to an Email Scammer. What Should I do?

Act quickly!

  • If you wired money through your bank, contact the bank immediately and request a wire recall.
  • If you used the services of a money transfer company like Western Union or MoneyGram, call their complaint line immediately.

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How Safe is Public Wi-Fi?

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Public Wi-Fi and Personal Information – Not a Good Combination.

Everyone knows – or should know – that using public Wi-Fi networks puts private information at risk. But let’s face it, we love the convenience it provides. While waiting for a delayed flight, it’s nice to check your e-mail, maybe get some work done, and Facebook is a pleasant distraction when your lunch date is running late. Nobody wants to use their expensive data plan when they don’t have to. But does the convenience of public Wi-Fi outweigh the risk to your privacy?

Convenience Has its Price: Public Wi-Fi and Cybercrime Go Hand in Hand.

Exactly what are you risking when you connect to public hotspots? That depends on who is snooping around and their level of sophistication. A quick look at the network might tell a snooper if you’re using an iPhone, laptop computer or other device. It doesn’t take much effort for that snooper to get more information using readily available software programs like Firesheep or Wireshark. Publicly accessible files like shared documents, photos and music can be easily accessed by others. Worse yet, cybercriminals have the latest tools to easily access far more, such as e-mails, passwords, data and other sensitive history on your device.

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Public Wi-Fi is neither secure nor safe and should be avoided.

Shop Safely Online…on a Secure Wi-Fi or Wired Connection.

Protect yourself from cybercrime. Never shop online, enter a credit card number or access financial information on a public Wi-Fi connection. Only type in usernames and passwords when you can do so from a secure connection.

Outsmart the Cybercriminals by Shunning Public Wi-Fi.

Your safest bet is to avoid public “open” Wi-Fi entirely by using your own data plan. Make sure your mobile devices are not set to connect automatically to available Wi-Fi. If you’re on a laptop, use your own hotspot from your smartphone or a mobile router like MiFi.

Look for public networks that are secured – ask for the passkey or other login credentials. Be sure the hotspot you’re connecting to is the right one – hackers often set up hotspots with names very similar to legitimate ones, hoping they can trick you into connecting to the wrong one.

The bottom line is that public Wi-Fi is not secure or safe, and should be avoided for pretty much everything but casual web browsing. Don’t make it easy for cybercriminals to access your personal information through a wireless connection that isn’t secure.